Manchester United must aim to win the UEFA Champions League, not simply take part in it, claims Ashley Young.
The 32-year-old is preparing, alongside his teammates, for Man United’s second game back in the competition of almost two years.
However, with a difficult trip to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, Young insists the Reds must have their sights set on ultimate glory.
“A club of our size should always be fighting for the Champions League, fighting for titles and everyone’s delighted we’ve got Champions League football back,” Young told the club’s official website.
“But, it’s not just one of those things to be back in it, we want to go as far as we can in it.”
United kicked off their return to Europe’s elite tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory against FC Basel, the game in which Young himself returned to action after a lengthy period out with injury.
He assisted Romelu Lukaku with a wonderful clipped cross and has been in excellent form since.
Having been at the club for seven seasons now, Young is one of the most senior players in the squad and has the right mentality: win or nothing.
United fans are rightfully delighted to be back in the Champions League, but as the biggest club in world football, it would be complacent to be happy at simply competing in the tournament. It would be, some would say, the start of the slippery slope towards an Arsenal-esque attitude.